ROLEX | REFERENCE 6238 'PRE-DAYTONA' A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1964
25,000 to - 35,000 USD
REFERENCE 6238 'PRE-DAYTONA'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1964
Caliber: cal. 72B mechanical, 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw-down case back
Case number: 1'077'659
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp
Size: 35 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 175 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Case: Case in overall good condition with minor surface scratches. Case and bracelet with previous polish in our view. Bracelet stamped 78350 with 557 end links.
Dial: Dial in overall good condition. Hands relumed in our view. Lume plots lacking at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock but the rest react well under UV. Some surface spotting visible throughout consistent with age. Outermost perimeter with some more visible patina between 11 -1, and within the engine-turned subsidiary dials.
Movement: Chronograph function operating. The movement is running at the time of cataloging, however it was not tested for accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
Reference 6238, also known as the "Pre-Daytona", is the immediate predecessor of the first Cosmograph Daytona - reference 6239. Interestingly, they were made concurrently for a handful of years, with Ref 6238 serial numbers running as late as 1968, (circa 1.69m serial numbers), and Ref 6239 examples displaying serial numbers as early as 922k from 1963. This Rolex chronograph bears an early 1m serial dating back to 1964, featuring a silvered sunburst dial and stainless-steel Oyster bracelet. The present example is fresh to the market, and has been worn lovingly throughout the years.